Aerial view of K-25 Gaseous Diffusion...

Aerial view of K-25 Gaseous Diffusion Plant at Oak Ridge, TN (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I spent many years working
at a Manhattan Project site called K-25
it was once an important part
of the war effort, way back in 1945

as a co-op, I was in the huge K-25 building
that was often just referred to as the U
you could really get lost in there
but that wouldn’t be a good thing to do

K-25 used a process called gaseous diffusion
to separate isotopes U-235 from U-238
not the kind of thing that you can brag about
while you are out to dinner on a date

I was part of a group researching
advanced methods of isotope separation
and hoping one day to rebuild the plant
into something better for the next generation

after that didn’t pan out there was still work going on
to close the plant and clean up the radioactive waste
but nothing that was of interest to this computer scientist
since, working on demolition is not really to my taste

so, I left the green of Oak Ridge Tennessee
coming out to this sunny California Lab
and now I hear that K-25 is almost all but gone
but I still have my memories and that isn’t so bad


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  1. #1 by emmylgant on September 15, 2013 - 1:16 pm

    I am of the mind that not any writer can rhyme something that makes sense and totally readable that includes isotope separation and gaseous diffusion in its text!
    Sometimes you just amaze!

    • #2 by Ronald Kirk House on September 15, 2013 - 3:36 pm

      Thanks. LOL. Of course, not many poets would want to write about gaseous diffusion or isotope separation, either. 🙂

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